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Author Topic: Smokey's Picture Quiz (with no pictures!!)  (Read 1328 times)
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« on: March 28, 2020, 04:30:28 pm »

As I gave a bit of an introduction about myself yesterday.

It got me thinking about the good old days and how you can't repeat the things I once did as routine. Sorry I've got an old PC that I can't upload pictures too.

So using your own internal picture memory of things you have Seen and Heard on the Railways (and of course upload pictures of said remembered image if you wish).

Let me ask you for your memories of things that were common daily occurrences on the Railway back in the 1970s that No longer occur daily.  (Railway related only).

Only one entry a day please, give everyone a chance!

As a Start I'll give the first memory.

No 1.   Steam Heating on Passenger Trains  (yes it still occurs on Heritage railways)..
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2020, 04:46:05 pm »

Aged 6. Being lifted into the cab of a 47 waiting time at Taunton and being allowed to blast the two-tone.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2020, 05:01:11 pm »

Aged 8 (with 13 year old brother) in early 1965:  Cycled from Pinhoe to Exmouth Junction shed. Left bikes outside the entrance (unlocked of course). Crept on hands and knees passed the Shed Managers Office window. Got the numbers of the various Westcountry Pacifics, Ivatt Tanks and a couple of 14xx locos.

Then, saw 34026 'Yes Tor' in steam just outside the shed; caught the attention of the driver: "Excuse me, sir. Can we come on the footplate?" "Yes, of course" came the reply. Whilst on the footplate, the driver said "I'm taking her to Central, you can come if you like!"

"Why not" said my brother. So, there were four people on the footplate as 34026 made its way to Exeter Central.

Slight problem though. We had to make our own way back to Exmouth Junction to get our bikes and were both covered in oil and soot. Interesting explanation on arrival back at home.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 05:06:08 pm »

Arriving at the station for the daily commute, listening for the single 'ding' on the bell for the up line followed by a 3-1 'dings' from the previous signal box offering the morning commuter train to the city.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 05:15:53 pm »

Compartment coaches - remember the mark 1s with their lumpy bench seats, stiff sliding doors, "all or nothing" heaters and the sliding vents in the top of the windows that refused to yield to increasing force until suddenly they would jerk apart beyond the markers indicating where you should stop to avoid a draught and resolutely refuse to go back to them?
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 05:17:45 pm »

Seeing the rotating beams of the lighthouse next to Hoek Van Holland railway station after the early morning ferry arrival and before the late evening ferry departure back to Harwich.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 05:20:19 pm »

Compartment coaches - remember the mark 1s with their lumpy bench seats, stiff sliding doors, "all or nothing" heaters and the sliding vents in the top of the windows that refused to yield to increasing force until suddenly they would jerk apart beyond the markers indicating where you should stop to avoid a draught and resolutely refuse to go back to them?

I remember a weekender railtour from Euston to Inverness in the mid-1970s. Eight people to a compartment made sleeping during the overnight journeys impossible!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 08:01:29 pm »

Being lifted on to the footplate of the 0-4-2 tank at Brixham at the age of 4.
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2020, 08:32:39 pm »

A warm summer in 1966. Cycling down to Brownedge Level Crossing - the strong sweet smell of warm creosote coming off the crossing timbers. Long converging steel lines of rails off to mysterious places whence came barking Black Fives pounding through with clanking waggons - the sound of bells ringing out from the crossing 'box windows - birdsong - sunshine - and the urgent shout of the bobby to get the ****** off his crossing!! Oxonhutch - aged 5-6. Still love the smell of creosote.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2020, 09:55:28 pm »

Coming back from South Wales after seeing my grandparents in the late 60s.  Looking out the window as we approached Reading and seeing the famous Nelsonís Hat signal as you approached from the west.  Might well have fired my interest in railway signalling. 

Will try to find a photo of the signal tomorrow. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2020, 10:07:35 pm »

Travelling from Worcester to Leeds for Christmas. I think it was 1964 I was 7.
Finding that the Diesel had been replaced by a Black 5 due to a faulty Steam heat boiler.
Banked up the Lickey. Stopping at a building site called Birmingham new street and diverted to Bradford Exchange due to the rebuilding of Leeds.
Later my Mother wrote to BBC children's hour and got a recording of the Lickey banker played for me.
All gone now including Bradford exchange.
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2020, 07:07:43 am »

At age 10 or thereabouts, I went to Scarborough on family holiday. We stayed at Scalby station, by then closed but the line to Filey was still operational, so our back windows led out onto the platform (I can't remember if we had access by a door to the platform). A highlight of the holiday was travelling on a DMU passing through the closed station. The station yard also had several camping coaches at the time. Great times.
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2020, 07:40:34 am »

I used to be the school projectionist, in charge of a 16mm Bell and Howell projector. A collection of us up in the gallery were the technical experts of the time. Lights dimmed using Admiralty stud rheostats, first experiments with stereo for the intro music.

This one night we thought we would do something different. The intro music was faded the lights went down and before the film started we put "Castles in the Chilterns"(Argo Transacord) at full volume. That rocked them in their seats. The wonders of then new technology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMegBD-xNoY

A few years later when I was in the army I was a part-time projectionist for the SKC (Services Kinema Corporation). The cinema at Arborfield was a large corrugated iron building with two mercury arc projectors, and a notice by the volume control: light rain increase by three, heavy rain increase by four.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2020, 10:08:21 am »

As a teenager in the late '70's going on summer holiday trips from the Thames Valley (Reading) to my grandparents in Plymouth. Usually behind a Class 47 or Western in (I think) Mark 2 coaches.
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2020, 11:52:25 am »

At college in Portsmouth in the 1960s, we had to go to the Natural History Museum for the day. We went by train To Waterloo. I decided to catch the Mail back, steam hauled via Eastleigh. Chatted to the driver and was given a footplate ride on the SW main from Woking to Basingstoke in the middle of the night.
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